It’s no secret that we are perpetually in search of the best burger out there. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity: a juicy patty, served as fresh as possible and grilled to perfection, sandwiched between toasted buns. This nutritious and filling meal is versatile enough to appeal to even the fussiest eater- add condiments, cheese, onions, lettuce, a slice of tomato, some bacon strips or whatever else tickles your fancy. Keep it simple or go wild- it’s entirely up to you. Of course, once you’ve found ultimate bliss, is there anywhere else to go except for down? In our search for great burgers in the Miami area we’ve learned how to maximize the taste of our grub with brew.
If you consider the Internet a reliable source of info, the grain-based nature of beer and the huge range of flavours, aromas and textures makes beer a perfect pairing for burgers. However, pairing a beer with a burger isn’t as simple as grabbing a random longneck from the fridge. We’re not saying that you should have a beer sommelier on staff, but at least check out STOUT Burgers & Beers tutorial. They suggest matching strength with strength, finding harmonies by looking for a flavour or aroma the burger and the beer have in common and considering specific characteristics of the food and beer, such as bitterness and sweetness. Don’t sweat the details too much, the best way to find out what you like is to go out, eat, drink and be merry! We suggest the following joints.
Lokal in Coconut Grove serves grass-fed, hand ground in-house burgers from Cowart Ranch (Sumterville, Florida) free-range cattle. If you really can’t have enough bacon on your burger, try the Fidy-Fidy made from 50% beef and 50% bacon and topped with crispy bacon. Pair it with Everglades’ beer, which goes down like an IPA, but then tastes like a lager. If you have room for an appetizer, order the alligator strips. We loved the out-of-the-box décor and the fact that there’s a special doggy menu for your pooch served outside.
Alternatively, stop by Burger & Beer Joint in Miami Beach. The place has more of that sports-bar-feel and might not appeal to the bohemian-esque Grovites of Lokal, but the burgers will appeal to anyone. If you are on a budget, stop by on a weekday between 5pm and 7pm for the happy hour. At $3 each, the snacks and beers are heavenly. The Prime Angus sliders are the real deal in a smaller package, leaving you plenty of room to try the mini corn-dogs, made from Hebrew National cocktail franks and served with the house mustard. Pair the lot with Fire Rock Pale Ale or Banana Bread Beer. If you are brave, order the Mother burger. Finish the monster patty served on cushion-sized bread and get it free!